Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Painted Ikea Shelves

Remember when I painted my Ikea bookshelves a little while back? It was SO difficult to get paint to stick to them. I ended up having to use Kilz oil-based primer for the first two coats, then I was able to paint them with a latex paint. Ikea furniture seems to have some kind of crazy repellent for paint! Anyway, I was expecting to have the same thing happen when I painted my Lack floating shelves, but it didn't. I have had these things for a few years now, and I was about to get rid of them...

they looked like this before I painted my room:

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I decided instead of giving them away, I'd try painting them. I did do a thin latex primer coat first! Then painted them on, and they are a-ok.

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Much more blendy-inny.

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you may have noticed the cute turquoise Foo dogs...I know that they're majorly trendy, but I wanted some for a while, and I found these in the perfect shade of blue at Homegoods...
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They make me laugh and smile. :)

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You know what else was surprising? I thought painting over my dark gray-black walls was going to be a nightmare, but turns out it was incredibly easy. I bought the Valspar paint and primer in one at Lowe's, and it seriously covered it in two coats. Impressive!

7 comments:

  1. I love your FOO dogs! And the Shelves turned out great!

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  2. I can't really tell.. are they the same color as the walls? I think so.. and it looks great! Love the foo dogs:)

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  4. I have been quietly following for some time, but thought I'd let you know (in case you didn't): Those are supposed to protect you from evil as well! I grew up in Okinawa and over there, one has their mouth open, and one closed. Supposedly, the closed one scares off evil, and the open one holds good spirits in. Kinda neat background on something that's now trendy in America! (They've been part of the culture over there for a really long time).

    Keep up the incredible work! Your art is stunning.

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  5. My painter loves that paint. It is great coverage. I use Valspar for everything!
    On another note the Foo dogs are trendy and I don't care bc I still want a pair as well.

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  6. the color is outstanding, it reminds me of ice cream.

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